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Downeast: Winter Blend

Downeast: Winter Blend

Basic Info about the Cider

Cider: Winter Blend

Cidery: Downeast

Origin: Boston, MA, USA

ABV: 6.5%

Color: Orange, cloudy


Our Review of the Cider

Julia's Thoughts and Rating:

Winter Blend has a warm aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg. Upon sipping the cider, there is a slight bite, as well as some tingling on the tongue from the carbonation. Once the tingling recedes, a sweet apple flavor with secondary notes of lemon emerges and remains the dominant flavor until the end of the sip. As the sip draws to a close, cinnamon, nutmeg, and an oaky flavor come through, giving the cider a warm finish. These flavors continue into the aftertaste, along with notes of lemon and acidity. This is a medium-bodied cider with a low-to-medium amount of acidity. Although packing 18g of sugar, this comes across as between semi-sweet and sweet due to the acidity and spice notes. Lastly, there is no tannin in this cider, and the carbonation is a touch above medium.

Overall, Winter Blend is an enjoyable cider. The spice and oak notes give this cider a warm, cozy feel, making it a perfect cider to sip away on during a cold winter night. The acidity and spice notes help to balance out the cider, effectively keeping the sweetness from becoming overwhelming. My only criticism is that this cider sits a bit heavy in the stomach, so I could not drink more than one in a sitting.

 7 out of 10 apples

7 out of 10 apples

Ramsay's Thoughts and Rating:

  • I get a tiny bite upfront that fades quickly into the remainder of the sip.

  • I’m getting a body that leans a little over medium, which tends to be normal for an unfiltered cider.

  • Winter Blend has an acidity on the lowish side. It’s present until about ¼ of the sip before softly fading away.

  • This has a medium-high amount of carbonation. It becomes apparent after just a few sips, but it is always manageable and never uncomfortable.

  • No tannin in this one.

  • Winter Blend is a good choice for a winter cider in terms of its seasonal flavors. First thing I am hit with is an apple and slight lemon flavor, which lasts until the ¼ point. Then, the lemon subsides revealing the nutmeg, followed shortly thereafter by the cinnamon. The cinnamon and nutmeg continue until the end of the sip and into the aftertaste.

  • This cider comes off as being between semi-sweet and sweet, but the cinnamon and the nutmeg prevent it from becoming too sweet and give it a slight tingling feeling.

  • Overall, Winter Blend is a nice introduction to winter ciders. Cinnamon and nutmeg will always be welcome flavor additions for me. The heaviness of this cider makes it tricky to have multiple at once, but it is worth trying out.

 8 out of 10 apples

8 out of 10 apples

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